Bloom Report

We have moved to a new format this year for our regular bloom reports which allows posting of groups of images with each separate bloom report.

We hope you enjoy seeing Willowwood in bloom throughout the seasons.

Click a bloom report's title, below, to see the pictures within the report.

Agave americana

Bloom Report 6.29.18

As the heat settles in here at Willowwood, be sure to stop by our vibrant ‘hot’ garden in front of the greenhouse. It is full of dark, black foliaged plants such as Lagerstoemia ‘Red Hot’ and various black sweet potato vines. It also has interesting textures from the fuzzy, sharp Solanum quitoense and vibrant flowers such as the Dahlia ‘Fascination’ and red flowering Canna. It is a bold annual display so be sure to see it during this season as it will change next year!

The other gardens are thriving from the wet spring we have had. In Pan’s Garden, behind the Tubbs house, the Astilbe ‘Deutschland’ is in full bloom. Notice how the graceful white flowers zigzag through the center of the garden and gently rustle in the breeze. Feel free to stop and sit on the back porch to enjoy the relaxing white and green garden.

White flowers are also on display in other nearby gardens. The two Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ are in full bloom outside the propagation greenhouse and the last of the lilacs to flower, our tree lilacs (Syringa reticulata) are still showcasing pale white flowers in the grassy lilac area.

The Cottage Garden (in front of the Tubbs House) is the most colorful garden now as the roses, poppies, and summer perennials are flowering. One native perennial, bee balm, is flowering in mass and attracting pollinators such as hummingbirds. Our bright red variety is Monarda didyma ‘Gardenview Scarlet’. One of my new favorites in the cottage garden is a poppy called Papaver somniferum var. ‘Pink Dawn’. It is stunning with its delicate shades of soft pink and lavender petals on silvery foliage.

Finally, we highly recommend that guests take time to visit the Rosarie behind the wooden barn. Staff have spent many days re-planting the garden and adding in new Mediterranean plants. This includes a large grouping of Agave, mostly Agave Americana. In addition, there are colorful Geranium, Salvia, Dracaena, and succulents such as Senecio, Echeveria, and Aeonium. Be sure to go early in the morning before it gets hot and take time to look at the many plants growing there.

Blooming 5/18/18

Willowwood is beginning to burst with lush foliage and colorful flowers from the plentiful rains the last few weeks. Visitors this week will see the Wisteria floribunda in peak bloom growing on rustic arbors throughout the gardens. The cottage garden is also beginning its display of alliums, cheerfully busting from the ground in explosions of color. The large purple orbs currently in bloom are Allium ‘Sensation’. These flowers in the onion family are a favorite!

Some other classic spring flowering shrubs and perennials are heralding Spring. Near the greenhouse, the blue star-shaped flowers of Amsonia tabernaemontana are in bloom and across the grounds, trees and shrubs in the Aesculus genus are beginning to bloom. One great location to see these is near the intersection of Patriot’s Path and the main drive. Here you can see a large Aesculus flava, yellow buckeye, and several Aesculus pavia, red buckeye, in full bloom. Aesculus parviflora, bottlebrush buckeye, is a butterfly magnet so keep an eye out for those long white flowers in the garden soon.

Finally, we all know what season it really is at Willowwood… Lilac Season! Our lilacs have been at their peak bloom this week. I recommend a walk through Highland Park (the grassy area across from the Stone Barn) to smell their sweet fragrance. Their cotton candy like groups of flowers are blooming in subtle shades of white, blue, purple, and pink. Here are a few to whet your appetite: Syringa ‘President Grevy’ (French lilac) and Syringa ‘Wedgwood Blue’ (Common Lilac). Come visit Willowwood soon to view the other beautiful lilacs in our collection!

Cherry Tree

Daffodils at WW 4.20.18

Despite the persistent snowfall and cold nights these past few weeks, Spring has (we think!) arrived at Willowwood. Leaves are beginning to unfurl, blooms to burst, and floral fragrance to waft among the trees. Visitors will be welcomed by masses of bright daffodils near the parking area and can wander behind the welcome kiosk to see the blooms of the hybrid Magnolia ‘Willowwood’ nearby. Magnolia x. loebneri ‘Willowood’ The Winter Garden, the area around the grass parking lot, is now full of hardy early blooming daffodils in cheerful, bold yellows and oranges. Be careful where you step- more daffodils are still emerging! Nearby in the grassy paths of Highland Park, our cherries and Forsythia are beginning to bloom. In addition, the Viburnum farreri ‘Candissimum’, fragrant viburnum, is not to be missed! Its soft white petals and sweet fragrance are sure to cheer anyone who still has the winter blues. We hope you enjoy these beautiful blooms as much as we do and come out to explore soon!

Witch Hazel in Snow

Early Signs of Spring

While it may not feel like SPRING (and we heard there is more snow predicted…), wonderful signs of Spring are already evident at the Willowwood Arboretum! In small patches of sun, the Hamamelis (witch-hazel), Eranthis( winter aconite) and Galanthus (snow drops) are in bloom and I saw a small patch of purple crocus as well. They warm the heart and the soul. We are on high alert for the first signs of daffodils and will let you know as soon as we see the first one. The Blue Birds have not arrived yet. Several of their boxes were blown down in the storms and these will be repaired and put back up as soon as our staff can reach them in the snow.